THE WHAT? Henkel has added new functionality to its EasyD4R software tool, now allowing it to not only assess the recyclability of plastic packaging but also paper/cardboard, glass, aluminium and tinplate too.
THE DETAILS The latest version of the tool allows packaging developers to analyze packaging made from a variety of materials and integrates design guidelines created by the University of Applied Science Campus Vienna as well as the German minimum standard for packaging.
“We are committed to fostering a circular economy, for which recyclable packaging is an essential prerequisite. The EasyD4R tool supported us in developing new sustainable packaging solutions which contribute to our targets for 2025. We also received very positive external feedback. So far, EasyD4R has been downloaded over 2,500 times and we are excited that Henkel was nominated as a finalist for Packaging Europe’s ‘Best Practice’ Sustainability Award 2020 with the software tool”, said Colin Zenger, responsible for the development of sustainable packaging solutions at Henkel Laundry & Home Care. “With the tool’s advancement we are taking the next step: in addition to plastic packaging, EasyD4R also assesses the recyclability of packaging made of other common materials.”
THE WHY? The open-source evaluation tool promotes the development of sustainable packaging and aids the transition towards a circular economy.